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Carlsbad Rotarian Summits Mt. Rainier with Rotary Flag

Mt. Rainier (14,410 feet), the largest glaciated mountain and volcano in the U.S.

club member Frank Silva traveled to new heights to display his club flag when he summited Mt. Rainier last Thursday. 

The trip up the mountain including two camps spanning three days.

On the first day Silva climbed 4,500 vertical feet to reach the base camp at 10,000-feet. 

On the second day Silva continued climbing using crampons, ropes and other technical skills to reach 11,000-feet.

On the final day Silva and his group rose at 1:30 a.m. to start a 3,500-foot climb over crevasses, including some so large they were forced to use ladders to cross – ultimately reaching the summit at 7:30 a.m. 

After a quick stop at top for some celebratory photos including Silva holding the Carlsbad Rotary Club flag, the group started their 9,000 foot descent to the starting point in Paradise at 5 p.m. 

Congratulations to Frank for an outstanding accomplishment and representation of his rotary club!

–Carlsbad Rotary press release

Skip Stein August 31, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Congratulations Frank! Being up high is a fine treat. Excelsior - onward and upward!

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